Bringing You Sensational Music Year-Round
The Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale, is one of the most active performing arts organizations in the inner-mountain northwest. Located in Montana’s beautiful Flathead Valley, the symphony produces a yearly Masterworks season of subscription concerts, educational programming for area schools, the family-friendly outdoor Symphony Night at Rebecca Farm, exclusive special events, and the region’s only weeklong classical music series, Festival Amadeus. Join us as we explore the finest in classical music!
Concerts • Outdoor Performances • Special Events • Music Festivals • Opera • Education
Music Director & Conductor
Sally Jerde, Concertmaster
Beth Pirrie *
Dinah Weimer *
Marlene Anderson* Maryruth Fallon
Section Principal *
Non-Resident Import Musician +
High School Student Musician (s)
Valeriya Voronina Sasser
Youth Music Experience (YME)
Enhancing excellence and understanding in music.
The Glacier Symphony outreach and education programs provide area youth of all ages with in-school concerts, guest artist demonstrations, camps, free tickets, classes, performance opportunities, scholarships, and more! These experiences are funded by our dedicated sponsors and donors. Want to help? Invest in music education!
Wild About Music (WAM) Concert Series
A series of free in-school concerts featuring acclaimed solo artists, the orchestra, and/or the chorale. This program for area students grades 4 – 6 is generously supported by YME sponsors and donations.
An interactive and informative pre-concert educational packet emailed to participating schools for teacher/student preparation and discussion of classical music.
Musician School Visits
Symphony musicians visit schools for informal demonstrations and performances throughout the regular concert season.
Free Concert Tickets
Complimentary Youth Tickets to select symphony and chorale concerts. These tickets are underwritten by Glacier Symphony sponsors.
Young Symphony Soloist
Maestro Zoltek periodically invites accomplished young musicians to be the featured soloists with the symphony. This provides an opportunity to showcase the local excellence and dedication in classical music.
Dedicated and accomplished young musicians audition and perform as student members of the orchestra and chorale providing them with valuable concert music experience and the rigors and rewards of classical music.
Music Scholarship Program
Every year, student musicians in the symphony, chorale, and beyond have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship that aids the winners in the pursuit of education and excellence in music.
Camp Festival Amadeus
Our summer collaboration with North Valley Music during the weeklong Festival Amadeus. Participants spend the week learning new music and skills, performing, and attending professional concerts.
Instrument Petting Zoo
Loads of fun for kids of all ages as they try out instruments at our outdoor Symphony Night at the Farm every summer at Rebecca Farm. This is a collaboration with North Valley Music School.
YME SPONSORS | 2019/2020
New Symphony Hall – coming 2020!
In conjunction with Flathead Valley Community College Foundation, the Glacier Symphony’s patrons have helped raise over $18 million for the ambitious ONE Campaign to construct a new College Center. This facility will feature a state-of-the-art Performance and Lecture Hall with superb acoustics to serve as the Glacier Symphony’s primary concert venue. The College Center will also include an art and exhibition gallery/reception hall, an outdoor amphitheater, and a multi-purpose activity complex.
Want to invest in great music? Donate to the ENCORE Campaign (a continuation of the ONE Campaign) to enlarge the Performance Hall design by 1000 seats! This would be the only venue of its kind and size in Northwest Montana and expand our local educational and cultural opportunities.
Our Business is YOU
The Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale, is dedicated to fiscal responsibility to ensure the longevity and continued impact of our music and programming. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, this is YOUR symphony.
Board of Directors
The Glacier Symphony honors the tremendous contribution of the current and past Board of Directors, who worked tirelessly to help create the wonderful organization we have today. Thanks to those who chose to take on the responsibility of serving their community.
Jon Johnson, President
Mark Holston, Vice President
Dan Chisholm, Treasurer
Lucy Smith, Secretary
1983-1985 – Gabe Perjessy, Kalispell
1985-1986 – Hi Gibson, Kalispell
1986-1988 – Mike Fraser, Kalispell
1988-89/90-91 – Dean Nelson, Kalispell
1989-1990 – Charlotte Higgs, Kalispell
1991-1992 – Kathy McDevitt, Kalispell
1992-1994 – Steve Cummings, Kalispell
1994-1996 – Eric Kaplan, Kalispell
1996-1997 – Ed Jasmin, Kalispell
1997-1998 – Martha Groenke, Bigfork
1998-2001 – Joan Pfuhl, Bigfork
2001-2003 – Jean Hagen, Bigfork
2003-2005 – Jim Strainer, Bigfork
2005-2007 – Mark Kirk, Bigfork
2007-2009 – B.J. Carlson, Kalispell
2009-2011 – Margaret Baird, Lakeside
2011-2013 – Maureen Hathaway, Somers
2013-2015 – B.J. Lupton, Kalispell
2015-2017 – Jim Lehner, Kalispell
2017-2019 – Julie Moffitt, Bigfork
2019-present – Jon Johnson, Whitefish
The Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale Board has up to 24 directors, with one representative each from the orchestra and chorale. The Executive Director, Music Director, and Chorale Director are considered non-voting members of the Board of Directors. The board meets monthly, generally on the third Tuesday of the month at 4:00 pm. The board meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in attending a board meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm the date, time, and location of the meeting.
Our mission is to provide a diverse range of excellent musical experiences in Northwest Montana that inspire, challenge, and educate our musicians, audience, and students.
The Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale has its roots in the 1970’s when the Performing Arts Council was formed from a core of music lovers in the Flathead Valley. The Council sponsored recitals and summer concerts in the Valley and later formed The Hockaday Chamber Orchestra, which performed a series of concerts. Glacier Symphony members of this early group included Doug James, Lindy James, and Shauneen and Ray Garner.
This early musical group coalesced in earnest in June 1981 when they continued to rehearse and perform together as the Flathead Valley Chamber Orchestra and Chorale. By 1982, the group had expanded to the size that larger works could be performed, under the direction of the new guest conductor Gordon Johnson, conductor of the Great Falls Symphony. That same year, Gordon was named Music Director, and the name of the group was changed to The Glacier Orchestra and Chorale. Shauneen Garner was the founding Chorale Conductor and Robin Bailey was named Executive Director in 1985.
In 1997, with the hiring of John Zoltek as a full time music director, the growth of the organization expanded rapidly. To reflect its substantial growth and artistic quality, the G.O.C. changed its name to the Glacier Symphony and Chorale in July 2003. In 2004, Amy Smith-Kellogg was hired as Executive Director, followed by Alan Satterlee in 2006. Dr. Jim Stanard was hired as the Chorale Conductor in 2006 following the retirement of Shauneen Garner. Accomplished chorale conductor Dr. Micah Hunter, was hired in 2015 to take over for Dr. Stanard.
Continuing to grow and evolve, with a mission to bring more classical music to the area, John Zoltek’s dream of establishing a week long classical music festival came to fruition in 2008 with the premier of Festival Amadeus, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017
Now, with the new name of “Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale,” we are the most active symphonic organization in the state of Montana, performing up to 24 concerts and events per season, with year-round programming. During our MasterWorks season, we offer a variety of symphonic, holiday pops and chorale concerts from October through February, a regional concert series in April for our Spring Festival, and more. Summer programming includes our outdoor Symphony Night at the Farm concerts at Rebecca Farm, and our unique, weeklong, Festival Amadeus. Interwoven throughout the entire year is our expanding Youth Music Experience (YME) and Wild About Music (WAM) education and outreach programs.
Glacier Symphony attracts audiences from all across Northwest Montana, plus visitors from around the country. World-renown guest artists perform regularly with the Symphony and are delighted to find such an accomplished symphonic organization in our valley. The Symphony will continue to provide diverse programming, combining with the different art forms such as opera and dance to enlarge its artistic offerings, enhancing the cultural assets of our community. There is truly something for everyone at YOUR Glacier Symphony!